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I attend CRNA school at Cal State Fullerton, Kaiser School of Anesthesia. 24 full months. Accept 30 students a year, but rumored to be adding to that number next year to 35. Difficult to get in, but where isn't? My class had 240 applicants. $ works out to be realistically $1,000 deposit, $1,000-1,100 semester for 6 semesters. (deposit pays for some books) The rest of the books are acquired ea semester at apprx $6-800 semester. Many of the Sr. students will sell their used books to incoming students tho. 15 clinical sites, mostly Kaiser locations. All over So.Cal. I live in Ventura, about 1.5 hrs from Pasadena, where classes are Tues thru Fri and about 2.5 hours from Fullerton where classes are held on Mondays. (That's the first semester).
Next semester will include clinicals. Monday: Fullerton, Tues, Pasadena and Wed-Fri at your clinical site. My first site is in Riverside Kaiser which is 2.75 hours away from my house, so I'll be staying in hotels for the first 3 months. (3 nites/wk). You will put alot of miles on your car and not get a whole lot of sleep.
Overall, I am very happy with the program. The instructors are all working on their doctorates (those who didn't have them B4), so they know how hard we have to study. We are treated very well and with respect. This school wants everyone to succeed. They do thier weeding out before admission. It moves soooo fast. You are constantly learning and being tested. Our pharmacology instructor, Dr. Nagelhout is world famous and our lectures are video taped and live transmitted to Samual Merritt College in Sacremento. He received Director of the Year this year. An amazing man. Not only very nice and easy to listen to, but he brings the concepts down to the "need to know". He wants everyone to "get it" and to be able to think this stuff thru and not just memorize.
I considered Gonzaga University, but found that I liked the reputation and clinical sites that Kaiser had. (reputation in the workplace). The grads are respected and very well qualified. Everyone wants to hire them, and that's the point isn't it?
I can only speak for my school and myself, but I do like it here and am proud to be part of this team. Good Luck